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Jules Bastien Lepage - Joan d'Arc Bronze Statue

Rachel Littlewood reports that there has been considerable pre-sale interest in a rare bronze figure by Jules Bastien Lepage, which is being offered for sale in Devon on 1st November 2012. Prospective buyers will be able to bid in the Exeter saleroom in person or online via the Internet.

A rare bronze study of a woman (FS16/616) by Jules Bastien Lepage (1848–1884). Estimate:
        £15,000-£20,000.

A rare bronze study of Joan d'Arc (FS16/616) by Jules Bastien Lepage (1848–1884). Estimate: £15,000-£20,000.

A bronze study of Joan of Arc listening to the voices by Jules Bastien Lepage (1848-1884) is being offered for sale on the 1st November 2012 at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood's salerooms in Exeter. Prospective buyers will be able to bid in person or via the Internet.

Joan is dressed as a shepherdess wrapped in a heavy shawl and leaning on a staff. It bears similarities to Lepage's study in oil of Joan of Arc, currently in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The figure stands 34cm high.

The bronze appears to be one of only twelve cast, one of which is currently with the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and one which was offered in Sotheby's sale of 17th June 1986 as lot 601.

In her biography of the artist published ten years after his death, Julia Cartwright makes reference to a clay study of Jeanne d'Arc modelled as a shepherdess leaning on a crook.

Provenance: James Jebusa Shannon (1862 - 1923) Anglo-American artist, thence by family descent.

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  • Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
  • Fine Art Sale
  • Jules Bastien Lepage (1848–1884)
  • Bronze Figure

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